The recent, 27 November 2007, Israel-Palestine conference sponsored by the US administration at Annapolis has highlighted the need for concerted efforts to bridge the walls of separation between Israelis and Palestinians. The conference also made evident the need to place the Israeli-Palestinian tensions in the context of broader Middle East currents including Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Syria where tensions and difficulties abound. On all these issues, governments and their diplomatic representatives have an important role to play.
At long last I got to visit the TOS in the Philippines last month. First I attended the heartwarming and uplifting triennial Indo-Pacific Federation Conference. Afterwards, a big group of us visited the Golden Link School. This is the theosophically-oriented kindergarten, primary and secondary school about which many have been hearing since its foundation by the TOS in 2002. Some of you have even been donating to it.
The Historical Judgment in Saudi Arab: A 19-year-old girl who was gang raped 18 times by 7 people was sentenced to 90 lashes. However after the appeal for leniency, her punishment was increased to 200 lashes and 6 months jail term. Reason: Her lawyer informed the media about this case and it embarrassed the Saudi Government.
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